The animals are "extremely traumatised" and under-nourished, having not been fed for between one to two weeks, Robert Kruijff, the director of the Stiching Leeuw association that rescued them told AFP.
Parcels may be rattled on roads pockmarked by shell blasts, delayed at sandbag checkpoints, and held static during overnight curfews pierced by wailing air raid sirens. But Volodymyr Shved and Anatoliy Goretsky insist parcels will arrive at their destination.
Flower vendor Alena tied a bouquet of blue and yellow tulips, the national colours of Ukraine. "I made it for peace, for peace everywhere," she said.
A generation of Ukrainians who knew of war only from history books and the stories of their grandparents has been forced to prepare to fight, and some are choosing to do it with the partners they were building their lives with only weeks ago.
"I am very, very worried for Ukraine. First and foremost, this may lead to a long-term conflict that will completely destroy the health system," Lucica Ditiu, a Romanian physician and the Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership in Geneva, was quoted as saying.
Limanowski is the first school in town to have launched such a programme, but others are due to follow soon. Wyrozembski stressed that it was his teachers who took the lead on the initiative once refugees began flooding Poland.
On average, every day over the last 20 days in Ukraine, more than 70,000 children have become refugees," James Elder, spokesman for the UN children's agency UNICEF, told reporters in Geneva.
So far, the association has brought 280 refugees to Italy, out of more than 100,000 Ukrainians who have sought refuge in the Mediterranean country.
With schools closed, high demand for volunteer work, and the absence of men, women's unpaid care burden has increased significantly.
The Ukraine war was meant to be a win-win conflict for all concerned but Russia. It is in fact a lose-lose campaign for those involved. Ukraine is, of course, the greatest loser by far. The UN estimated that more than 9,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed and 16,000 injured. The US reported that 20,000 Ukrainian troops have been slain and 130,000 wounded through mid-May this year.